A Canadian DCM & MM to the C.F.A.
Distinguished Conduct Medal, uncrowned George V (42374 SJT: J. RYCROFT, M.M. CAN: F.A.); Military Medal, uncrowned George V (unnamed); 1914-15 Star (unnamed); British War Medal (unnamed); and Victory Medal (unnamed). Naming is officially impressed on the DCM, while naming on the other four medals has been erased. Court-mounted, very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Papers, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificates, Statement of Service in the Canadian Armed Forces and assorted research papers. Footnote: James Rycroft was born on March 26, 1882 in Stockport, Cheshire, England. He was mobilized for active service on August 30, 1914 with the 8th Battery, 3rd Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, signing his CEF Attestation Paper on September 25, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, stating that he had previous military service with the 4th Battalion, Cheshire Volunteers, that he was married (Margaret) and that his trade was that of Builder's Labourer. He embarked Canada on October 3, 1914 for overseas service in the French theatre, later forfeiting twelve days pay on January 13, 1916, obtaining a promotion to Corporal on June 21, 1917. The following November 11th, he was admitted to hospital in Boulogne after having been "gassed severe". He was cited for his Military Medal in the London Gazette 30172 on July 9, 1917 and the Canada Gazette 725 on September 8, 1917. In addition, he was cited for his Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette 31092 on January 1, 1919, the Canada Gazette 2465 on February 8, 1919 and the Canada Gazette 985 October 4, 1919, "For gallant services rendered when acting as battery serjeant-major at the guns throughout the Amiens and Arras battles. On one occasion during the latter battle his battery was in close support of the attacking infantry, and subjected to heavy machine-gun fire, as well as shell fire. The casualties were heavy. Although twice wounded by splinters, he showed marked coolness and initiative in assisting the unwounded soldiers to re-organise the gun crews and keep the guns firing continuously." He was treated for gonorrhea in early January 1919 and hospitalized for three days, forfeiting his field allowance for that time. Rycroft embarked Southampton, England aboard S.S. Aquitania on May 18, 1919, disembarking in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 25th and was discharged from active service upon demobilization on May 27, 1919 at Toronto, Ontario, having served his country in Canada, Great Britain and France. He was transferred to the Special Guard, Canadian Military Police Corps, enlisting at enlisted at Toronto on August 26, 1919. He was taken on strength on September 15th at Halifax, signing his Attestation Paper with the CMPC , stating that he had four years, nine months service as a Sergeant with the 11th Battery, 3rd Brigade, CFA. Rycroft was promoted to Corporal with pay in effect on February 6, 1920 and discharged from service at Halifax upon demobilization on March 3, 1920. He died March 13, 1947 at the age of 64.